Monica Grodin, Director and 2's / 3's Teacher
Monica first came to Campbell Parents Participation Preschool in 1990 as a participating parent. Campbell Parents' Participation Preschool gave her a great opportunity to be a part of her children's first school experience. She so strongly believes in the parent participation philosophy that her two boys, both graduates of CPPP, went on to a parent participation elementary school. Monica now brings over 20 years experience working and teaching at parent participation schools.
In addition, Monica was a Preschool Teacher for three years and a Director for one and half years for children ages 2 to 5. Monica received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico, and has her Adult Education teaching credential in Parent Education.
I believe in a child-centered philosophy, which allows children to learn through play and by exploring the environment at their own developmental pace.
Julie Perry, Pre-K Teacher
Julie comes to CPPP with over 15 years of experience working with children in play-based programs. She has an AA degree in Liberal Arts from De Anza College, over 40 units in Early Childhood Education and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development, with an option in Child Development.
Julie was a participating parent at Cupertino Co-op in 1999 and strongly believes that a child's development is strengthened through a close bond between families and school. Parents and teachers partner together so that we as a team offer a safe, nurturing, learning experience.
Each child should be recognized as an individual and each child's development is unique. My job as a teacher is to help foster kindness, respect for others and independence through a fun, enriching learning environment.
Renee Ben-David, 2's Teacher starting Fall 2016
Renee comes to CPPP with 15 years of experience working with children ages 2-4 in play-based preschool programs. She has a Bachelor’s degree in statistics and worked for several years in university research. Sixteen years ago she returned to school to study Early Childhood and has over 40 units in Child Development.
Renee believes that a parent participation preschool is as important for the parents as for the children; it is an opportunity for the families to build a community which extends outside of the classroom, building on what happens at school. She is also a certified birth doula, supporting families through birth for the past six years. Renee has five children of her own.
I feel blessed to witness the growth of young children and their families in the many aspects of development; as a teacher I encourage exploration, provide varied and stimulating experiences to learn new skills, and promote the building of friendships and community
Kit Close, Music Teacher
Kit has a love and passion for music and movement with children. She enjoys the happiness music creates in each child and encourages their enthusiasm and energy. She has been playing her guitar and singing with children for over 30 years. Her experience includes a variety of music and movement classes including Jump for Joy, licensed Kindermusik instructor, and teacher for Music for Minors. Whether playing the guitar, bringing in instruments or dancing with streamers, Kit captures the love and enjoyment of music to share with others. In addition, she has been in the preschool education field for many years as a director of a day care facility, teacher/director of a parent co-op, and teacher.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.